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The need to ban animal sports: Dog Racing and Cock-Fights (Part III)

By Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

Animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. -James Anthony Froude

In the previous posts we have addressed the legality of animal sports in India and worldwide with a special focus on bull racing.
In this final part of the 3 series article Sakshi Pawar has analyzed the legality and impact of dog racing and cockfighting in India.

It is time to act against the cruelty of animal sports with the same passion with which we support sports in general.

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The need to ban Animal Sports: Illegality of Bullock Races in India (Part I)

By Sakshi Pawar (Co-Founder and Managing Editor at KhelAdhikar)

“The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?” – Bentham

In 2014, the Supreme Court of India delivered the judgement of AWBI v A. Nagaraja which banned all bullock races in India on account of cruelty towards animals. The judgment left no stone unturned to ensure “Species Best Interest” and laid down the very fundamentals of animal rights jurisprudence in India. Despite its ironclad judgment which struck down all legislation permitting bullock races, states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka have enacted unconstitutional laws in an attempt to continue this traditional sport. This article by Sakshi Pawar which analyses the illegality of these races (the judgement and their subsequent questionable legalisation), is one in a three-part series which advocates the banning of cruelty in animal sports all across the world.

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